A true artist knows that anything can be turned into a canvas — even a slice of bread.
Well, not all artists can harness bread's creative powers, but one Japanese baker has done just that. She creates amazing "paintings," only visible after you slice the loaf of bread and peer inside. This creative kitchen creator posts her work on Instagram under the name @konel_bread, and on each post she explains (mostly in Japanese) about her inspiration. Apparently, some of that inspo is derived from the creation of sushi rolls, an art in-and-of-itself that Japan both created and mastered.
So how does she do it? Baking at home, she has her son film her efforts, separating out rolls of colored dough and arranging them into tubes. Those tubes bake together, and when you cut open the bread, voila! A picture-perfect moment in each and every slice. See some of her creations in the photos below.
This is actually one of her simpler designs, creating a zesty slice of lemon out of a slice of bread. You can see how each of the dough rolls was arranged to create the "fruit."
Sometimes, the designs get tiny and elaborate. The antennae on this butterfly must have been hard to roll out so delicately.
She baked a speech bubble into this slice, showing how you can write your own chocolate message inside.
And these bee slices are just about as cute as a loaf of bread can get. What's surprising is that each of them is identical — even the end pieces have a fully-formed picture. What's more: The bee itself was inspired by a picture her son drew for her.
She's also not afraid to take on bread-art interpretations of some of her son's favorite characters, including Snoopy.
And what would Snoopy be with out a bready version of Woodstock to accompany him on the table?
These little frogs are reminiscent of Kermit. Admit it: No one would be unhappy to find this little guy on their morning toast.
And who could forget about Minnie Mouse? This portrait of her isn't entirely accurate — but we like to think of it as Minnie with a minimal Japanese twist.
There's also another surprise about this amazing bread art: The designs aren't just created by food coloring.
In fact, much of the art you see inside each slice is created by flavored dough. This sheep, for instance, is flavored with chocolate.
And if cute characters and animals aren't your thing, don't worry. This bread artist also has the animal print game on lockdown.
She makes and sells her bread in small quantities locally, in Tokyo, Japan. But if you can't get your hands on a loaf, at least you can follow her inspiring (and not to mention adorable) Instagram page.
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